“Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall, All the King’s horses and all the King’s men, Couldn’t put Humpty together again.” This children’s rhyme should be going through the minds of the 2,000 aid bureaucrats who are going to descend on the South Korean city of Busan next week for […]
Tag: Tony Blair
A Blair Giving Pledge?
“A classic PR idea gone bad” was one of the derisory reactions to the news on August 16th that Tony Blair is going to donate the profits (the advance alone is £4.6 million, around $7 million) from his forthcoming memoirs to a charity helping ex-servicemen in Britain. That may well be true, although Mr Blair is adamant that […]
The End of Aid’s Golden Age?
As rock star and aid champion Bono lies prone in his sick bed with a back injury that has forced him to cancel his forthcoming festival appearances with his band U2, he will be wondering not just about how to spend his summer but what to do next in his campaign for more aid for the developing world. While he can […]
Tony Blair’s New Life
Tony Blair’s new life as a philanthrocapitalist is getting into full swing. On July 5th, the former British prime minister launched a report calling on the world’s biggest economies to embrace available technological solutions to climate change. The report, produced in partnership with the Climate Group, a business-backed organisation campaigning for action to counter global […]
Sir Howard Seeks Angelina
Angelina Jolie should call Sir Howard Davies, director of the London School of Economics. “I guess it’s true that I would answer the phone if Angelina called the LSE,” he confesses, before noting that “Sadly, my resistance has not been put to the test.” Go on, Angie, put the poor man out of his misery. […]